LADY AT THE BAT: A-Rod: Slugging His Way To An Opt Out

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A-Rod: Slugging His Way To An Opt Out

Alex Rodriguez is off to the best start of his career, with a .357 avg, 6 HR, 15 RBI and 10 runs scored. No other player in Yankees history has gotten out of the box faster. That 6th home run came last night, in the Yankees 10-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. After the game, A-Rod was very brusque with the media, saying very little, apparently not wanting to jinx himself, his baseball player's superstition clicking on all cylinders. I'm hoping it's also that he's taking the advice he's received from coaches and teammates: "Shut up and play."

Whatever the reason for his early season outburst, if he keeps all of this up, he'll definitely hit hit his 500th home run and then some, win the AL MVP for the third time and, perhaps, win a triple crown. There are so many theories out there as to why he may be on his way to such a big finish: 1) He's already decided to opt out of his contract at the end of the season and that has lifted a weight off his chest, 2) He's decided to stop telling everyone what he thinks they want to hear (i.e., Derek Jeter) or 3) He's lost 12 lbs and has worked on his swing.

Most people would choose choice number 1. Opting out of his contract would be extremely lucrative for A-Rod. After all, if Alfonso Soriano could command a $136 million contract, A-Rod could possibly receive the mother of all contracts (again). If you look at it this way, Alex Rodriguez will definitely be playing elsewhere in 2008. That's all true, if he has a monster year and is a World Series hero. I just don't see him opting out if he ends up once again choking later this season and not coming through in the playoffs. Do people really believe that he's willing have failed in New York added to his biography? Does he really want that blemish on his record? I don't believe it for a minute. The only way we'll see Alex Rodriguez opt out of his contract is if he hits a walk-off grand slam in game seven of the 2007 World Series.

The Lady

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